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Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival Seeking Poets

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This year’s Barrie Jazz and Blues festival, which takes place from June 11 – 22, will feature poetry and spoken word readings. According to organizer Samantha Holland:

We are looking for volunteers to perform their poetry. The event is going to combine poetry / spoken word with Jazz accompaniment, but beyond that, we are open to what our artists bring to it and tailoring it from there. Mostly, we are using this event to showcase up-and-coming poets and spoken-word artists and let them explore their work in a new, exciting way while also serving as an outreach event for TBTB.
Any one interested is free to contact me at
Check out the festival webpage or contact Samantha Holland for more info.

Word UP! Culture Days Event – Friday September 26, 2014

10170684_10152652219260272_2332428439754380139_nOn Friday September 26, 2014 Unity Market Cafe & Studious plays host to a Word UP! Event for Barrie’s Culture Days. The event starts at 7:30 pm and features author readings in the first half and an open mic in the second half. From Word Up’s Facebook page:

Four local authors will be reading their work.
Deepam Wadds’, whose short stories and poetry have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies.

Esther Griffin teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Georgian College in Barrie and works on the Poetry Editorial Board for PRISM International. Esther’s work has appeared in Geist Magazine’s Memories of Vancouver festival and The League of Canadian Poets’ 2013 celebration of National Poetry Month, as well as various anthologies.

Linda Laforge, science fiction author and visual artist will read from her novel.

PLUS! A surprise guest, to be announced!

Writers, authors, poets, spoken word performers, rappers, comedians, motivational speakers and anyone who loves the magic of language is welcome to join.

Visit the event’s Facebook page for more info.

Society of the Spoken Word Event: Tonight! 28/09/2013

Society of the Spoken Word - Event tonight, downtown Barrie @Casa Cappucino 28/09/2013  8 - 10:30 PM

Society of the Spoken Word – Event tonight, downtown Barrie @Casa Cappuccino 28/09/2013
8 PM – 10:30 PM

Tonight there is a  Society of the Spoken Word event at Casa Cappuccino in downtown Barrie.  This event is part of the official Carnegie Days Festival 2013 from the MacLaren Art Centre.
The lineup includes:
The second half of the evening is open mic.  Feel free to share your poetry or prose, so come on down!  The theme is Fall, but you can read anything.

91 Dunlop St E  Barrie, ON L4M 1A6
8 PM – 10:30 PM

~Information provided by club member Leslie G.